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Elm C of E Primary School


In Early Years we value every child to be unique and on their own individual learning journey.

We use ‘Planning in the Moment’ (A. Ephgrave) to enable children to lead their own learning, exploring their interests through play and building on opportunities ‘in the moment’.

Through an enabling and play-based environment, children have the opportunity to explore, develop ideas and become independent learners. During ‘play and learn’ they can choose what they would like to explore in provision, both inside and outside, using a variety of resources.

Practitioners identify teachable moments, when learning can be modelled, explained or challenged ‘in the moment’. They plan ‘in that moment’ and record observations including the interactions, teaching and outcomes of the learning.

We focus on the Prime areas, emphasising the importance of children’s personal, social and emotional development, physical development and communication and language skills; as these are the foundations which will enable children to develop effective characteristics of learning, interact and collaborate successfully and be ready for the next step in their learning journey.

Fundamental to our curriculum is the teaching and learning of early literacy and maths skills. Stories and promoting a love of books starts in Pre-School and continues as children progress through school. Children have storytime everyday and through enhancements in provision, linked to favourite and loved texts, children develop their vocabulary and build their imagination.

Phonics and reading is taught through ‘Read, Write Inc.’ and children begin their reading journey in Pre-School. We use this highly successful programme to teach our children to read, write and spell. All practitioners have received Ruth Miskin Training, gain updates through regular visits from our Ruth Miskin Consultant Trainer and we support our most vulnerable readers with extra one-to-one teaching everyday.

If you would like more information, please visit: https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/

Maths is interlinked within all areas of learning. Within ‘play and learn’ children are encouraged to talk about number, shape, space and measures, in order to develop these early mathematical skills. In Reception we use ‘Power Maths’ as a framework for teaching and learning mathematics. It is a mastery approach which enables all children to achieve. They can become successful mathematicians, developing the right growth mindset, by solving problems using concrete resources, pictorial representations and abstract thinking.  

Power Maths Reception Yearly Overview

We provide enhancements to our provision, linking to children’s interests, events and religious celebrations throughout the year.

Our long term overview includes themes or topics in which we enhance our provision at Pre-School and in Reception.

EYFS Long Term Overview

Our medium term plans then identify specific linked texts, activities, WOW moments and end points we will be working towards through our ‘play and learn’ and adult-guided activities.